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A review of emerging use of microcurrent therapy as a potential management option for stress in horses
- Bryant, Madeleine Janet, Thirkell, Jack
- Journal of veterinary behavior 2020 v.36 pp. 84-89
- breeding, horses, pain, therapeutics, tissue repair
- The use of microcurrent therapy (MCT), defined in this review as an alternating or direct current between <1 μA and 20 μA in equine therapy, is becoming more mainstream and well regarded. This review explores the application of MCT as an effective treatment for tissue injury and pain pathologies. As pain and stress have shown to be linked in recent research, the potential of MCT to mitigate stress in the horse is intriguing. For the purpose of this review, the focus will be on working, breeding, and competition horses, which are regularly exposed to an array of stressors. It appears that current evidence supports further investigation. Owing to the mechanistic and cellular effects of MCT for pain management and tissue repair, MCT may effectively be used to mitigate chronic stress linked to pain.